In his Saturday radio and Internet address, President Barack Obama excoriated House Republicans for commencing their scheduled recess at a time when there were numerous bills to be voted on that allegedly would have buttressed the economy.
“Last week, without much fanfare, members of the House of Representatives banged a gavel, turned out the lights and rushed home, declaring their work finished for now,” Obama began. “If that frustrates you, it should, because their work isn’t finished.
“When they skipped town, members of Congress left a whole bunch of proposals sitting on the table. These ideas have been around for months. The American people want to see them passed.”
In what can only be described as the pot calling the kettle black, Obama said, “But apparently some members of Congress are more worried about their jobs and their paychecks this campaign season than they are about yours.”
During the Democratic National Convention, the national “debt clock” turned its hands to $16 trillion. Unemployment has hovered at 8 percent or higher for nearly four years. Rather than halving our annual deficit as promised, Obama has increased it. Our credit rating has been downgraded by two separate rating agencies. The national misery index is at its highest level since the Carter administration.
Yet amid these horrendous statistics, the president creates at least the appearance of enjoying the perks of his position without accepting its responsibilities. He continues to play endless rounds of golf, goes on numerous vacations and shopping excursions and either attends or hosts one party after another.
At the same time, the president hasn’t met with his jobs council in over eight months and attends a small fraction of his intelligence briefings. Incredibly, he even skipped the briefing held the day after the armed assaults on our embassies.
For someone who would claim that “some members of Congress are more worried about their jobs and their paychecks this campaign season than they are about yours,” events of just the past two weeks paint a picture of hypocrisy.
The president was too busy campaigning in Las Vegas to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a time of impending crisis for Israel, our only true Middle East ally.
As our Cairo embassy and Benghazi consulate were being overrun and the Stars and Stripes desecrated and replaced with a black flag associated with Islamic extremists, Obama was busy partying at a campaign fundraiser hosted by Jay-Z and Beyonce.
As our Libyan ambassador was kidnapped, dragged through the streets of Benghazi and murdered along with three of his aides and guards, the president was sharing laughs with David Letterman. Incidentally, during his Letterman appearance, the president could remember neither our debt nor deficit, but did remember to blame all our troubles on his predecessor.
Obama needs and deserves occasional times of recreation as a break from endless responsibility. I have a problem, though, when it becomes occasional times of work and accepting responsibility to break up endless recreation.
Here’s a video of the president’s Saturday address: